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 Posted:   May 15, 2012 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   rodentraiser   (Member)


 Posted:   May 23, 2012 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

No relationship more definitively defined the complex grays permeating the non-black and white life of
Robert McCall than his foundational Friendship with Control – and this professional peerage was also
gradually explored, enhanced and empowered via the equally pitch-perfect chemistry between
Messrs. Woodward & Lansing.

These wonderful clips (tho not quite as complete as supposed) encapsulate the auspicious beginnings
that were so beautifully built, balanced, buttressed so brilliantly throughout the show’s four seasons.

Hop on board …

What’s particularly pertinent in the sequences that open this next segment is the introduction of
Saul Rubinek’s Jason, one of the most obnoxious – yet paradoxically delightful – characters
do foil and frustrate both gentleman. Mr. Rubinek had such a marvelously deft way of making this
quintessential 80s Yuppie as nauseating as he was fascinating but, hay, don’t take our profoundly
prejudicial perspective on it wink ...

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2012 - 10:24 PM   
 By:   tramseyer   (Member)

Theresa, do you have a favorite episode?

Beyond Control, of course smile. First Light is next, his "Robert, you buried me in that hearing today," clip is the sound in my timer program. Can't forget Trial by Ordeal. After that, the movies, with Mission: McCall first and then both Manon's. Then pretty much any episode he was in. Don't think there was a bad Control episode.


 Posted:   Jun 4, 2012 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   tramseyer   (Member)

Welcome, Theresa! NeoT must be off somewhere, or I'm sure he'd have given you an enthusiastic welcome as well.

Thanks smile.

Are you in the Yahoo Equalizer message board? Because I just put a bunch of links to Robert Lansing on there. NeoT had posted a wonderful picture of Robert Lansing that showed him in what looked like a quiet, thoughtful mood and in one of the links it appears there was a painting made of that photo. Interesting.

Yes, I'm there, with the same yahoo handle that I have here, if you'd like to say hello smile. Those were the Control links on 5/9, right? They are wonderful.

I was privileged to be able to attend the first Pilgrimage in 2004, but not the others. I saw the painting that year, and thankfully was allowed to take photos of it, so I have a few copies. All of us posed in front of it for one shot - fantastic memories. There are only two pictures of him that I have seen that I am not that fond of, neither of which is the painting. There is one that is like the painting, and that one is very very slowly growing on me. I'll have to see if I can find them; I think they have both been posted in this thread already.

And no, Joe Pesci would NOT make a good Robert McCall. Honestly, in regards to the movie, I have the feeling that it's going to be nothing more than an overhyped action film with a bunch of dumb James Bond special effects.

I really hope not, but I bet you're right. frown.

I'm not even sure if I want to see it if it ever does get made. I might be the only person in the universe that hated the stupid Star Trek movie that came out (The Early Years?). It was so far removed from what Star Trek was all about, I never ever want to see it again or any sequels using the same people.

I'm probably one of the few people on the planet who has not seen the ST movie. I rarely go to a movie. I did go see LOTR Twin Towers and Return of the King when they were rerun here last year; I missed Fellowship by one day, grrrrr, that was the one I really wanted to see on the big screen. I am hoping they will be rerun before or after the Hobbit. Before that, the last movie I saw was Dark Knight with Dad, to see how Keith Szarabajka looked. Then we saw Watchman before that, and Never Say Never long before that.

I would like to see the ST movie, just to compare. Consider it an alternative universe situation, kind of what I do for the "new" Hawaii Five-O version. I prefer the old series over the new for the most part, but there are enough differences that the new one feels AU to me. Jack Lord is my 2nd favorite actor, with Robert Lansing being my favorite.

I think an Equalizer movie might be better if it was a continuation of what McCall started. Both WiIliam Zabka, Keith Szarabajka, and Mark Margolis could come in as their original characters, but trying to get someone to replace McCall and Control would be impossible. I wouldn't even really want to see it attempted. Just my opinion.

I agree. Did you see Mark in Person of Interest, by the way? I was hoping they would keep him around longer. I like POI.


 Posted:   Jun 4, 2012 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   tramseyer   (Member)

Oh, and Theresa, a brilliantly-belated welcomeaboard the McCall-ship.

Thanks Neo! smile

(sigh) I could stare at those Control pictures all day and night big grin. I have the 8x10 shot that you trimmed down to bookend the Jason picture in your last posting. For some reason, that is my favorite picture of Lansing. He wasn't thrilled with it, as I recall, but to me it just says Control. I also swoon over the pilot; have one image in my screen saver where he has longer hair than in most photos and those beautiful dark curls.

(not to mention Control's clandestine bow-tie non-starry trek enterprise) big grin

You bet! Assignment: Earth is definitely my favorite ST episode.

Off to bed and sweet Control/Lansing dreams! Night all smile.


 Posted:   Jun 13, 2012 - 9:43 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

In Equalized Appreciation:


Perhaps of all his paramount appearances as Control, in the upper excellence echelon of powerfully pivotal was his key role in the two-parter the series impressively brought forth to deal with Mr. Woodward’s heart-attack …

Mr. Lansing’s complex characterization – wonderfully balanced by Mr. Mitchum’s equally authoritative and quietly dangerous grand guest-starring support – provides a textbook case for the former’s invaluable role in the series – and how perfectly IMPOSSIBLE it is to imagine anyone ever duplicating – let alone surpassing – his utterly brilliant and thoroughly unique consummate command of such a byzantine creation.

[ "Careful, Old Son ...

Someone might think I've caught your disease."
] wink

 Posted:   Jun 17, 2012 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   Souffle   (Member)

I was always sorry that Robert Mitchum did not make an additional appearnace on The Equalixer. It would have been a pleasure to have seen him share a few scenes, for real, with Edward Woodward. Edward Woodward, Robert Lansing, and Robert Mitchum all had a strong charismatic presence on flim and TV with an understated approach. This was not commonly seen on American TV and probably flies over the head of the mass American television audience anyway.

Both Robert Lansing and Edward Woodward kept working until they absolutely no longer could. I'll bet that if they were still around, they would still be working, stealing scenes, like a few of the other living legend octagenarian working actors.

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2012 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Russ Mayberry – R.I.P. Department:

A handful of truly pivotal directors are responsible for the evolution of Robert McCall and Edward Woodward’s seminal Sean Connery-esque patented stamp of the character, and Mr. Mayberry’s contributions to the series remains at the top of that list.

With a long career in Hollywood from comedies to action up-to-and-even including sci-fi ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") - and having cut his authoritative teeth working on “Kojak” with Executive Producer James McAdams previously - some of Mr. Mayberry’s finest work appeared on this show, for instance

And, in the famous “Lady Cop” ep, THIS truly iconic unforgettable brain-blasting sequence:

frown frown frown

 Posted:   Sep 27, 2012 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Brilliantly-Belated but Better Than Never Department:

We’re gonna spend the next week going through the above seminal series to witness the wonder
of when/where/why/and how Mr. Woodward planted the impressive seeds for his magnificent
Robert McCall moves …

An' we always like to replay this nifty piece (again, if only Mr. Woodward had recorded THIS intro as a
weekly voice-over sung introduction) – and the Burger King-McDonald’s-Wendy-HERB tirade at
the end remains priceless in its hilarity:

smile wink

 Posted:   Oct 2, 2012 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   Souffle   (Member)

Neo, it's nice to see you back. I await your Callan play by play.

At last, The Equalizer DVDs will soon all be available in the UK. Season 3 was just released and season 4 is supposed to be released at the end of this month (Oct.). I also read that a boxed set will be available this year, but have not read anything to confirm that information.

 Posted:   Oct 2, 2012 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

wink Same to you, Souf - or should we proudly say R______ thanks to the last e-mission we received from Ro - have you heard from her? Is she well and situated?). We tried returning your kind missive awhile back but somehow it got lost in the matrix cyber-space, so please reboot and see if you can get through). wink

Wunnerful news to hear the series has been released across the percolating pond ...

And were you a fan during the original CBS run or discovered the show's charms via its re-runs on USA or other outlets?

[ Just don't tell Der Mick-ster ...

he'll never let us 'vigilante' loving vermin live it down (let alone up) razz big grin


 Posted:   Oct 3, 2012 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   Souffle   (Member)

I have heard from Ro and she is situated.

I am a fan from when The Equalizer was first on the air. I was smitten after watching China Rain. I did not see the pilot until a couple of years ago. After seeing the second episode, I was hooked and would rush home from class to watch it. I might have missed a few a long the way, but eventually I caught up. When it was repeated on USA, I did not have cable and had no idea it was back on the air. That might have been a good reason for me to have gotten cable, had I known.

 Posted:   Oct 15, 2012 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

smile wink

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2012 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)




Up to



Department ...

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2012 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   Souffle   (Member)

Nice pictures, Neo. Today, is the 3rd anniversary of the loss of Edward Woodward.

 Posted:   Nov 17, 2012 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)




NEVER To Be Forgotten


coolcoolcool cool

 Posted:   Nov 22, 2012 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Even tho his seminal years in Hollywood are unforgettably
done as he's evolved into an equally acclaimed novelist -

our in-depth Appreciation of him will arrive anon but for now we wanna wish him an Old
and Noo Testament Equalized

And y'know how they useta say

Well, in a seminal spiritual sense,


Much moore (not Roger, Mary Tyler or Dudley) to come.



 Posted:   Nov 22, 2012 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Edward Woodward as.... THE PENZIONER!

 Posted:   Nov 22, 2012 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Well, that's sum'kinda advance for thee and wee, Mick - at least there's agreement on the definition big grin

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   Coleman   (Member)

Thanks for the birthday wishes. To my chagrin, I am getting old. But life is good and God is good. In my memory, The Equalizer and all of the wonderful people involved, are always with me. It was the high point of my career in Hollywood for which I am ever thankful. Greetings to all the fans.


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